Event Recognition and Awards Dinner

Since 2015, the Erie Sports Commission has hosted an Event Recognition and Awards Dinner to celebrate the previous years' accomplishments and collectively thank all of the great partners who make our events possible. Six awards are presented, in addition to a review of the activities of the ESC, often presented by community partners. 

Impact Award

The Impact Award is presented to the event which generates a significant economic impact on the Erie region, as well as creates a positive impact on our community through media exposure and community benefit. 

Past Winners: VNEA PA State 8-Ball Tournament (2017 - pictured, right, David Warner, Warner Coin Machine), Stars and Stripes Gymnastics Invitational (2016), Erie Admirals Elite Challenge Cup (2015), PA State Bowling Tournament (2014)

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Volunteer of the Year Award

The Volunteer of the Year Award is presented to the individual or group of individuals who committed an extraordinary amount of time and effort to ensure the success of a signature event.

Past Winners: LeAnn Johnson for OVR Volleyball Series (2017), John Leisering for PA Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony (2016 - pictured, right, Leisering with Ron Sertz), Don Pollard for PA Junior Wrestling (2015), Brian Streeter for The Biggest Loser RunWalk (2014), Mary Kaye Pazder and Emily Biddle for The Biggest Loser RunWalk (2013)

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New Event of the Year

The New Event of the Year Award is presented to the group or individual who hosted the most outstanding first-time event in Erie that generated economic impact, publicity, and excitement in the region. This award was first introduced in 2015. 

Past Winners: Flyboard National Tour (2017 - pictured, right, AJ Handler of Pro Watercross Tour with presenter County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper), VNEA World Junior Pool Championships (2016), Erie Poker Run (2015) 

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Event Series of the Year

The Event Series of the Year Award is presented to the group or individual who has made an impact on the Erie sports scene by hosting multiple events in one year that drive tourism and create economic impact. This award was first introduced in 2015.

Past Winners: Champion Cheer Central (2017 - pictured, right, co-owners Kim Soder and Heather Petz with presenter Gary Drapcho of Erie News Now), Keystone Hoops Group Shoot the Rock Series (2016), Champion Cheer Central (2015)

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Local Event of the Year

The Local Event of the Year Award is presented to the person or group who has made an impact on the Erie sports scene by creating an event locally that drives tourism, creates economic impact, and positive influence on the Erie Community.

Past Winners: Stars and Stripes Gymnastics Invitational (2017 - pictured, right, Erie Gymnastics Center owner Doug Pershun with presenter Mario Mazza, Chairman of the VisitErie Board of Directors ), Barber Beast on the Bay (2016),Stars and Stripes Gymnastics Invitational (2015), VNEA PA State 8-Ball Tournament (2014) 

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National Event of the Year

The National Event of the Year Award is presented to an event that had a significant impact on the Erie region, drawing large participation numbers, creating noteworthy media attention, and generating both social and economic impact for the region.

Past Winners: VNEA World Junior Pool Championships (2017 - pictured, right, Ed Borgia, VNEA President, with presenter Erie Mayor Joe Schember), 100% RAW Powerlifting Federation World Championships (2016), The Biggest Loser RunWalk (2015), The Color Run (2014)

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